Two Daughters of Jesus at “J M J Madrid”
Noelda ( Haitian) and Nathalie ( French) return full of enthusiasm as a result of their participation in the JMJ and they shared with us what was of most significance.
- Noëlda, a student at the School of Nursing and Science from the University of Notre Dame Haiti,
took part in the Haitian delegation to the J M J in Madrid.
“ It very enriching experience. It allowed me to live the charism of the Congregation in close proximity to young people .This time has been a chance for me to give a different image of religious life to young Haitians who were also present . For us in Haiti , any sister who does not wear a veil is not considered a “real religious” .
In moments of sharing I had the opportunity to allow young people to discover , by my way of being , that the essence of religious life is not in the habit but in our relationship with the one who calls us to follow Him.
This time has been for me an opportunity to make myself known by the ministry to young people , as Haitian Daughters of Jesus.Our small number , few vocations , make it difficult for people to recognise our congregation in the country.
Yet in spite our small number we believe that our charism can take root in Haiti .
I am happy to have been able to launch this invitation to a few young girls , as Jesus said to the first disciples “ Come and see”.
“ Together we have experienced the greatness of Christ who unites us in this great Church event , in spite of our differences of language ,colour ethnic groups ,and culture.
Nathalie accompanied a delegation from Brittany:
“ Through all our real-life experience, I marvelled at the welcome and availability of families and Christian communities both in the diocese of Vigo and Madrid . We experienced in concrete terms the meaning of hospitality and fraternity.
I also experienced living as a religious among young people .
Meeting others requires us to open our inner space in order to be present to others . It has led me to joy, a simple and true joy which enabled us to exchange views , to hear their stories .
I became aware of their thirst to know God and to live their life according to their faith, the answer to the questions“ What is God’s will for me ?””What path should I take for my studies, my work?”
“what is my Christian vocation?”
Benedict XV1 reminded us, Whoever seeks to do God ‘s will learns to live in Christ , to be rooted in Him and put his word into practise.
To have lived J M J , the festive atmosphere marked by internationality,to pray and sing with the universal Church,to witness the vitality which animates youngsters in their Christian life ,